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--The first big bad guy of the season -- i.e. the first of the dirty 30 rogue agents Division is out to shut down during Season 3 -- will be played by "Alcatraz" inmate Jeffrey Pierce. "He's a badass," Silverstein says.
-- The theme for Season 3 is family. "Nikita's a lone wolf, and she's built up this family around her that she didn't intend to," says Silverstein. But things won't be rosy forever - expect the relationships to fracture at some point.
-- "I think it's now this one big slightly happy dysfunctional family that has to get along in running Division again. ... No one's going to agree on anything," Shane West says with a laugh.
-- Alex's love life will be in full bloom during Season 3 as Alex dates Sean (Dillon Casey). It's a good thing, considering, as star Lyndsy Fonseca puts it, "He looks really good naked."
--Birkhoff, on the other hand, won't have such great luck in the romance department. Although he finally kissed Sonya at the end of Season 2, there's some tension between them when we return a month later. Still, "He's doing well by Birkhoff standards," says Aaron Stanford, who plays the Division IT guy.
-- Now, completely out of context, the following exchange: Maggie Q: "Aaron smells like a little baby. You know when you go to kiss a baby and you're like 'Yummy?!' That's what Aaron smells like." Stanford: "Don't let her infantilize me. I'm a man, goddammit!"
-- Nikita and Michael will have some happiness for a while, says Silverstein, but Michael will struggle. West says, "You're going to have the light Michael and the dark Michael. I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised and maybe shocked by what's going to happen to Michael this season."
-- A couple of little details will be different in Season 3. Amanda (Melinda Clarke), who won't be back until episode four, will have a brand new hairdo. The Division set will change, adding a new briefing room so as to have fewer scenes crowded with 10 people.
-- Two words: Shower scene. It's happening, says Silverstein, even though creating a shower on screen is way harder than you'd think. Better give the actors a heads up though. "You've got to get me into yoga soon," jokes West.
-- The actors' Russian teacher is so pretty that Maggie Q says the writers will put Russian in their episodes just so she'll come on set.
-- "Every week we've got some really bad people, and we hope to cast them well," Silverstein says. Next year, expect a female Roan.
-- Although Xander Berkeley's Percy is dead, we might not have seen the last. Silverstein says that the reason they decided to kill off the character is because of Berkeley's great skill as an actor. "We wanted to have Percy go out on top." But it's okay, we will probably see him again. "He can still come back in a flashback," Berkley promises.
Entertainment Weekly Highlights
+ Owen’s ‘agenda’: Devon Sawa, who was recently promoted to series regular, will return in the fourth episode of the new season and all of the audience’s burning questions — like why he didn’t participate in the raid on Division — will be answered. “He’s going to come back with a mystery and an agenda,” said Silverstein.
+ Casting scoop: The bad guy in the first episode, which is set a month after the finale, will be played by Alcatraz alum Jeff Pierce, who played Jack Sylvane on the dearly departed show.
+ Nikita vs. Ryan? CIA agent Ryan Fletcher (Noah Bean) is another new regular on the show, and his dynamic with Nikita will be conflicted. “I think Nikita being behind a desk all day would have been less interesting for [fans], so as partners, there’s a [new] dynamic,” said Maggie Q. “As you know, Nikita has a huge problem with authority, and she has a new boss now…So she’s gotta make — this is not sexual — Ryan happy…They’re two characters with strong convictions. So we’ll see what happens there.”
+ Amanda’s tough time “She’s in the position Nikita was in the first season,” said Clarke, who will be sporting a new look this season. But though she’s feeling a little alone and in exile, that’s not likely to last a while. Rest assured, she’ll be back with a vengeance. “Amanda’s return is something we’re building up to,” said Silverstein.
+ Mikita: “We’re going to start off in a good place,” teases Maggie Q. But that won’t last. Silverstein teases, though, that the element that puts a new conflict into the relationship won’t come before fans get to see the pair hot and heavy in a big way. “You’re going to have a shower scene at some point,” he said to cheers.
TV For the Rest of Us Interviews
Yvonne Strahovski doesn’t want to jeopardize her cushy new gig on Dexter.
Despite the fact that the big twist surrounding her character, Hannah McKay, leaked out days ago — spoiler alert (highlight to see): she’s a cold-blooded murderer just like Dex! — the Chuck alumna attempted to dance (and sing!) around the subject when she stopped by TVLine’s Comic-Con interview lounge on Thursday.
gah she is so adorable!! if you don't want ANY Dexter spoilers then don't watch the video!
At Comic-Con 2012, we sat down with nerd extraordinaire Zachary Levi, best known for portraying the computer-whiz title character on NBC's Chuck and as the brain behind The Nerd Machine and Nerd HQ, a hit hot spot of the latest two hyped conventions -- and the place from which we were streaming live!
Levi's motivation behind fueling Nerd HQ has been all about the fans.
"I believe that as an entertainer, you're only as good as your audience and the people who support you," he says. "Every year we've gotten so much love at Comic-Con when we were doing Chuck panels, but we'd have a moderated panel for 50 minutes and then five minutes left over for fans. I just never really felt like that was right."
Taking matters into his own hands, Levi carved out a space to set up small and intimate panels, each a full hour of Q&A with the fans.
"There's not a bad seat in the house. It's $20 a seat and every penny goes to charity," Levi says. Last year, they raised $40,000 and this year, they're well on their way to $100,000.
As a part of the event, Levi organized two back-to-back Chuck reunion panels, hinting that he'd be psyched for the possibility of a Chuck movie.
Current trends aside, has Levi always considered himself a nerd? "Absolutely," he's quick to say. "I get a lot that people have a hard time believing that I'm a nerd... but I grew up with a Nintendo controller in my hand."
Continue leading the way, Zach!
So it was my birthday last weekend and I was in Vegas celebrating, when who should I spy hanging around the Revolution Beatles Lounge in my hotel (the Mirage)but Zach G.
He was very friendly with people coming up to him asking for pictures, etc. so I went up and told him it was my birthday and we chatted. He said he's living in Vegas right now. I asked him if it was permanent and he said he didn't know but that he's making money at the moment so it's all good. I asked if he'd seen Cirque de Soleil's "Love," which I had just seen and he said no but on my recommendation he said he was looking for things to do with his mom, who's visiting him in Vegas this week and that sounded like a great idea. He was very laid back, in full Hangover III appearance, and hung out for quite a while.
Happy birthday to me! Source is....Me!
Spartacus: War of the Damned will unfortunately be the final season of the Starz drama series, but I refuse to dwell on the approaching conclusion of the series as I wait for the SDCC panel to get underway. Series creator Steven S. DeKnight will be here to discuss the show, along with Liam McIntyre (Spartacus) and Manu Bennett (Crixus).
I'll be live-blogging the panel, which will have Bennett, McIntyre and DeKnight discussing the upcoming season, as well as the Spartacus: Vengeance DVD bonus features, and I'll also fill you in on what they show us from the promised footage from War of the Damned.
Starts with a trailer. Lots of battle scenes. Spartacus doesn't want to underestimate their opponent. That's a Roman trait. Much of the video focused on the violence, and it ends with an excellent bit of sword-slashing. Hopefully we'll be able to share the video with you soon.
5:48 p.m. - Steven DeKnight, Liam McIntyre and Manu Bennett are on stage. DeKnight talking about this being the final season. Wants this to be the biggest, most insanely epic season that they could. Bennett says boot camp is painful and fantastic. They get together as a group. It's about fitness and training and getting their bodies up to pace. Physical activity is quite demanding, but they work as a group and a team. Tug of war or helping each other do cross-training courses. By the time they hit the camera, they're already training like a team.
5:51 - DeKnight talking about sticking the landing. A lot of pressure to get the ending right. McIntyre talking about the show's unique legacy. They want to do justice to that in the final season. There's so much to tell as far as the story. Bennett talking about the characters. We learn to love the bad guys. They know the fans care about the characters. Bennett says he enjoys watching the emotional story lines grow.
5:53 - McIntyre is very excited about Marcus Crassus. He has really good things to say about Simon, the man who plays him. Crassus and Spartacus have this "little chess battle" with each color. McIntyre says they ran out of blood last season.
5:55 - Worth mentioning that Liam and Manu seem to get along great. DeKnight is now talking about the show being "historically adjacent." Events are going to be compressed this season. Things more or less happened in history but they had to be squeezed together and moved around. DeKnight jokes that Spartacus' real name is "Bob."
5:56 - Fan questions: Asking Liam how it was to follow Andy Whitfield. Liam says he didn't try to follow Andy's amazing performance. He asks for some applause for Andy. The crowd gets to their feet and applauds. Manu is now talking about "Be Here Now." Andy had those words tattooed on him and that's the title of the documentary being made about Andy.
5:59 - DeKnight describes his new series in development Incursion as "Band of Brothers meets Halo" R-rated military. Sounds like there a spinoff/sequel series for Spartacus could happen (nothing sounds certain but sounds like there's a possibility of it at some point.)
6:02 - A fan says he finds the show inspiring because every time he watches it, he wants to do sit-ups. That gets a laugh. He asks about the "I am Spartacus" scene. DeKnight says not that we saw it in the movie but they may "tip their hat" to it.
6:04 - Fan asks about the decision to kill of Oenomaus. DeKnight says historically Oenomaus dies first and it felt right to have him die in Gannicus' arms.
6:05 - DeKnight says one of his favorite scene (and it's a scene he gets the most complaints about) is Varro's death. He says he thinks it was really well directed and well played. Then he makes a joke about Manu. The topic of Manu's incredible physique seems to keep coming up.
6:07 - A fan thanks them for the show, which gives her husband and her a lot of "bonding time."
6:09 - Manu talking about the people who've left the show. Everyone says they missed people on set when they've left it. Manu showing part of a ritual they do (didn't catch what they call it but it sounds like it's part of training), which from what he showed us, involves the leader screaming. He pulled up his shirt and the crowd went crazy.
6:11 - The crowd also went crazy when Lucy Lawless arrived! What an excellent surprise! Lawless says the show helped rebrand her. Manu Bennett talking about the human nature of the show. He lost his mother and brother in a car accident when he was young. He tries to play his roles honestly as a tribute to his mother and brother.
6:14 - Fan asks Lucy about last season. Lucy says Lucretia might have been a bit nuts at the beginning. She asked DeKnight if Lucretia was really crazy. He said she's "criminally insane" (the finale definitely proved that!). McIntyre tells her she's amazing.
6:15 - DeKnight says Mira is the last nail in Spartacus' emotional coffin. He's going from sad-Spartacus to emotionally-unavailable. McIntyre says "It's complicated" for Spartacus' "Face-Tablet."
6:17 - Manu gave Spartacus a kiss on the cheek (or possibly his neck) at DeKnight's suggestion. Lawless is now talking about John Hannah once falling out of his "sock" (for one of the naked scenes). Apparently Hannah wasn't phased. He tucked himself back in and moved on. McIntyre said he wonders what the boom operator feels like having to look at his butt for hours and hours. A fan calls out "I'll do it!"
6:20 - Bennett says there are incredible post-production people over in New Zealand. They've done Lord of the Rings. And there's another surprise! The cast is here, including some of the former cast members (Nick Tarabey, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Viva Bianca, Peter Mensah and Katrina Law)! Everyone was on their feet cheering for them.
6:24 - Bennett talking about injuries. Sounds like they're common (not surprising!) McIntyre talking about his trainer getting hit in the face with a shield. McIntyre talking about how hard his stunt-double works.
6:26 - Fan asking about Agron and Nasir. DeKnight says they approach sexuality all the same (man/woman, man/man, etc). They wanted to show the relationship from the very beginning with Agron and Nasir. We'll be seeing a lot more of them in the new season. Lawless says the actors are "so heterosexual." McIntyre agrees, saying they are pretty "blokey guys."
6:27 - Lawless talking about what Lucretia went through with Ashur. Talking about Lucretia's rationale for not killing him, because she had other plans. She says it was challenging as an actor. Nick Tarabey says the Ashur/Lucretia scenes were tremendously challenging. He said Lawless was amazing.
6:30 - Fan asking why Ashur didn't fight Crixus and instead fought Naevia. Nick says he didn't have a choice. Said Cynthia did an amazing job. "As much as I hated her killing me..." he said, but went on to say that she was good. Cynthia says she hated to kill off Ashur but it was a huge part of the finale and she was honored to be a part of it.
6:34 - They're talking about the deaths and all of the beatings they took. The fake blood apparently turns to glue and "rips your skin off." Viva Bianca talking about her final scene. Producers said she didn't look dead enough. They had to reshoot it. Sounds like she had a miserable time shooting that scene. Lawless says it was a beautiful death for Ilythia. Bianca confirms that she is actually dead. Lawless follows this up with a laugh, saying "...inside." Craig Parker talks about the idea of his character coming back, joking that Glaber was a sword-swallower. Peter Mensah thanks DeKnight for the way Oenomaus went (saving his best friend and thinking about being with his wife.)
6:38 - Jenna Busch (moderator) comments on the kick-ass chicks in the show. DeKnight says he came from the "Joss Whedon camp" where there are a lot of strong female characters. He calls Lawless and Bianca's performances brilliant and phenomenal. He says it was a joy to write for them. And they're showing us the trailer again!
That wraps up the panel! Great to see the dearly departed cast members on stage one last time and from the trailer, it looks like War of the Damned may be epic. Can't wait for January!
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Adam Scott trolls the Children's Hospital panel at San Diego Comic Con, and Rob Huebel asks for more work on NTSF:SD:SUV
I would share more about how awesome and hilarious these panels were, but like, you kinda had to be there.
Also, still in mourning that I missed this year's Bob's Burgers panel. Won't someone on ONTD please post about it?
edit: sorry mods - messed up the cut
Source: my own eyes and ears - and my camera
Breaking Dawn ensemble, Stephenie Meyer, Doctor Who crew, Yvonne Strahovski, and lots more strike a pose for us in our San Diego photo studio!
Michelle Williams, Sam Raimi, Mila Kunis
Oz: The Great and Powerful
Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2
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Casey Labow, Maggie Grace, Mia Maestro
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Angela Sarafyan and Rami Malek
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Noel Fisher and Guri Weinberg
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Michael C. Hall
Stephanie Meyer and Andrew Niccol
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Hit and Run
Joe Lynch, Laura Ortiz, Adam Green, Corrie English, Dave Brockie
Crystal Reed and Tyler Posey
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Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope
Rob Paulson, Greg Cipes, Mae Whitman, Sean Astin, Jason Biggs
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James Roday and Dule Hill
Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu (She is so gorgeous omg)
Johnny Lee Miller
Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren
Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
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Rza and Dave Bautista
The Man with the Iron Fists
Kyle Newacheck, Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, Anders Holm
Katie Cassidy and Stephen Amell
Hi there creepy fans!
In honor of Friday the 13th the good people over at Total Film put together a list of the fifty unluckiest characters to exist in the horror genre. As always there is room for debate but they seemed to capture a pretty good list here. I have to say I do agree with the number one spot since that was a shitty roll of the dice to end up with.
Anyway enjoy the following list as a jumping off point and feel free to add your own into the mix! While most of these have to deal with pure luck I say why not talk about some of the dumbest horror movie characters that you can think of as well. Have fun, ONTD and sleep tight later tonight! ;)
50. The Final Destination (2009)
The Horror Character: Hunt, an obnoxious jock who doesn't believe in Death's plans to collect his missing souls.
The Bad Luck: Poor old Hunt is undone by his so-called lucky coin, as he dives into a swimming pool to retrieve it. Unluckily for him, the pool's ventilation system is malfunctioning, and proceeds to suck his innards out through his back passage. Oof!
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: It would have gone the same way as the coin, and Hunt would still have ended up in that pool.
49. Saw (2004)
The Horror Character: Steven Sing, a homicide detective who partners the film's increasingly deranged hero, David Tapp.
The Bad Luck: While almost every other one of Jigsaw's victims has failed some form of moral test, Sing is simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Plus, he gets taken out by the most basic of Jigsaw's traps: a simple shotgun rigged by a trip-wire. D'oh!
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: He'd have come down with a cold that morning and spent the evening in bed.
48. Hannibal (2001)
The Horror Character: Paul Krendler, a corrupt member of the Justice Department working in league with the fiendish Mason Verger.
The Bad Luck: Expecting to enjoy a relaxing holiday at his lake house, he turns up to find Hannibal Lecter waiting for him. Worse still, he ends up being spoon fed sautéed pieces of his own brain. We know he's a bit of a shit, but that's a little strong, no?
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: Hannibal would've presented him with a nice bottle of chianti, shaken him by the hand and continued on his way.
47. Friday the 13th (2009)
The Horror Character: Richie, one of a group of disposable moppets Jason works his way through in this 2009 remake.
The Bad Luck: Usually you can count on Jason to deliver a quick death, but poor old Richie has the misfortune to step in a bear trap before Jason can arrive on the scene. A painful wait, then, and still a machete in the face at the end of it.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: Jason would have triggered the trap himself, allowing his victims to make a swift getaway.
46. Carnosaur (1993)
he Horror Character: Doc, a booze-addled security guard who becomes embroiled in the mission to take down a herd of genetically altered dinosaurs.
The Bad Luck: It's quite unlucky to find yourself under attack from dinosaurs in this day and age, but having survived that onslaught, Doc is brutally gunned down by the shadowy corporate types looking to keep the whole thing a secret. He can't win.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: He'd be appearing in Jurassic Park, in which his chances of survival would have been marginally better.
45. The Shining (1980)
The Horror Character: Dick Hallorann, the chef at the Overlook Hotel who shares an unspoken connection with young Danny Torrance. The Bad Luck: Having picked up on Danny's distress signal, Hallorann travels all the way back to the frozen Overlook from sunny Florida, only to get an axe in the chest as soon as he steps through the door. That's what you get for trying to help, Dick! If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: He'd have lucked out and had the film directed by somebody else. He makes it in the book!
44. Psycho (1960)
The Horror Character: Marion Crane, a former receptionist who heads off on the lam when she pinches a client's fortune.
The Bad Luck: As soon as she leaves the city, things start going wrong for Marion. Firstly, she falls asleep in a layby, attracting the attention of a passing cop. Then she gets caught in a ferocious rainstorm and is forced to seek shelter. And finally, she pitches up at the Bates Motel. Not her day, is it?
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: The weather would have stayed fine and it would have been plain sailing to California.
43. Cabin Fever (2002)
The Horror Character: Jeff, a self-interested chancer who abandons his friends at the first sign of trouble.
The Bad Luck: Disloyal he might be, but Jeff's plan to hide out in the woods was actually a sound one, as evidenced by his victory cry upon returning to the camp. "I made it," he yells, gleefully. "I fucking made it!" Of course, it's at this point that he's shot down by a group of armed police officers.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: He'd have known to avoid the camp altogether. You've already abandoned them, mate. What's the point in going back now?
42. Saw 6 (2009)
The Horror Character: William Easton, a health insurance executive with the misfortune of having pissed Jigsaw off at one time or another.
The Bad Luck: Not only does William suffer an agonisingly painful death at the film's close (needles through the head; hydrofluoric acid pumped into his body), he also has to make a series of terrible choices between various captives as to who should live and die. The heartache of the latter might not be as bad as the pain of the former, but it's still not great!
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: He'd have recognised Jigsaw as a nutter when he first met him, treated him and averted the rage of his followers.
41. The Orphanage (2007)
The Horror Character: Laura, a former inhabitant of the titular orphanage who returns there as an adult to convert it into a home for disabled children.
The Bad Luck: With her adopted son Simón suddenly going missing, Laura understandably begins to lose the plot, fearing adduction and then ghostly intervention. In the end, the answer is revealed to be as mundane as a simple blocked door, with Laura herself having trapped the boy in the basement without realising. Talk about a devastating blow…
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: She'd have realised that the knocking sounds she was hearing weren't made by ghosts but by her missing son!
40. Friday the 13th pt. 2 (1981)
The Horror Character: Mark, the wheelchair-bound member of the group. Surely he'll be safe, right?
The Bad Luck: It's particularly unfortunate that Mark encounters Jason while perched precariously at the top of the biggest flight of stairs we've ever seen. You can guess what happens next.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: He'd be at the top of a big old ramp. He'd still have to find a cure for the machete in the face, mind…
39. The Omen (1976)
The Horror Character: Katherine Thorn, wife of Robert, who is none the wiser about the swap performed by her other half when her newborn child dies shortly after birth…
The Bad Luck: It's unlucky that the child they end up with is the antichrist, but it was a fairly dodgy move on Robert's part nonetheless. Katherine, however, knew nothing about the swap, but ends up miscarrying her next child and eventually dying because of it!
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: She'd have ended up with a nice normal boy without the slightest interest in pushing people off balconies.
38. A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
The Horror Character: Nancy Thompson, the young girl who first experiences a series of dreams in which a strange claw-handed man begins to make his presence felt…
The Bad Luck: Despite it being her parents that Freddie should really have a problem with, Nancy ends up locked in a long-running battle with the former janitor, "killing" him twice before finally biting the dust. Even then, he doesn't stay dead for long.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: Her dreams would have stayed populated by ponies and Johnny Depp.
37. The Thing (1982)
The Horror Character: Dr. Copper, one of the resident medics at the remote Antarctic research station.
The Bad Luck: Not only does he find himself locked in a remote, icy nightmare with a bunch of dead co-workers for company, he also goes out in horrific fashion while trying to help Norris retreat from death's door. Having your arms bitten off by your patient's gaping chest is going above and beyond the usual bedside manner…
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: Norris would only have been suffering a mild dose of the flu.
36. Final Destination 3 (2006)
The Horror Characters: Ashley and Ashlyn, a pair of bleached-blonde barbie doll types whose tanning obsession takes an abrupt turn for the worse.
The Bad Luck: Luck is a tricky concept with the Final Destination films, as there's a bit of a grey area with the idea of fate. Still, we'd say it's pretty unlucky to suffer the most painful-looking death in the entire series, as the girls are boiled alive in their malfunctioning sunbeds.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: They'd have opted for a spray tan instead. Much less potential for incineration.
35. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
The Horror Character: Paul, one of a group of friends who've hired a holiday house at Crystal Lake. Error.
The Bad Luck: When facing Jason, you can probably expect to get your head squished, or a machete through the throat. Paul however, catches the big man in creative mood, and gets a spear right in his groin. Ouch.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: He'd have had the presence of mind to put some clothes on, so as not to present Jason with such an obvious target.
34. The Wicker Man (2006)
The Horror Character: Edward Malus, a sheriff lured to a mysterious island to investigate the disappearance of a little girl.
The Bad Luck: We've opted for the remake because this version of Malus really does go through the wringer, having his legs broken, being attacked by bees and finally being burned alive in the titular structure. However, thanks to Nic Cage's towering performance, the whole thing is irresistibly funny!
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: He'd have packed up and left, without having to dress up as a bear or punch any middle-aged women in the face.
33. Screamers (1995)
The Horror Character: Colonel Joseph A. Hendricksson, leader of the Alliance on colonised planet Sirius 6B.
The Bad Luck: Having survived the Screamer onslaught, Hendricksson finally manages to board a shuttle leaving for Earth. Unfortunately for him, he's brought a teddy bear along as a souvenir, a teddy bear that begins to move as the final screen fades to black…
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: He'd have brought along some female company rather than a murderous stuffed toy.
32. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
The Horror Character: Tommy Jarvis, survivor of
two previous encounters with Jason Voorheesone previous encounter with Jason Voorhees and one copycat killer, and his killer in one of them.
The Bad Luck: Having successfully managed to put Jason down, it was perhaps foolish for Tommy to tempt fate and revisit the corpse. Stabbing said corpse was also a bit weird, but where's the harm? Unless of course his stabbing implement is struck by lightning, reanimating Jason and giving him new super-powers. Bugger.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: Jason would have been cremated. The end.
31. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
The Horror Characters: The survivors of the shopping mall onslaught, who manage to battle their way out of that hell-hole onto a boat, and salvation…
The Bad Luck: Having managed to overcome almost impossible odds in escaping the zombie hoard, the survivors weigh anchor at a far-flung island, only to find there are zombies there too! Oh come on…
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: They'd have made their way to a tropical paradise full of friendly animals and tasty, tasty mangoes. And no zombies.
30. Saw 2 (2005)
The Horror Character: Eric Matthews, a police detective with some fairly serious anger issues.
The Bad Luck: Of all Jigsaw's victims, Matthews is probably the one who goes through the most torment. Across three films he has his son abducted, his ankle smashed, is locked up for god knows how long and then placed in one of the later killers' traps. No wonder he effectively commits suicide by the end. As he puts it himself, "I don't want to play any more!"
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: Jigsaw would have confessed, reconciled himself to his condition and passed away peacefully. Job done.
29. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
The Horror Character: Jamie Lloyd-Carruthers, daughter of Laurie Strode and Michael Myers' niece.
The Bad Luck: Jamie has a really rough time of it, all things considered. She's teased about her uncle by her peers, is rendered mute by the weird connection she shares with him, is forced to have sex with him, sees all her friends and her sibling killed by him and finally ends up mangled in a threshing machine. Great!
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: She'd have found out she was adopted. Although that probably wouldn't save her, to be honest.
28. The Human Centipede (2010)
The Horror Character: Lindsay, one of the luckless trio who become the unwilling subjects in Dr. Josef Heiter's bizarre science experiment.
The Bad Luck: All of them are fairly unlucky, but as the middle-section of the centipede, Lindsay has it worse than most. Indeed, by the end, she's attached to a pair of corpses! Gross.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: She and her friend would have chosen a different house in which to seek shelter.
27. The Strangers (2008)
The Horror Character: Kristen McKay, who heads off on holiday with husband James to his parents remote house in the country. Naturally, it's not that relaxing a break.
The Bad Luck: Having had a trio of strangers break into her house and terrorise her, Kristen begs of the ringleader, "why are you doing this to us?" The answer is devastatingly simple: "because you were home." Blind chance in its most horrifying form.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: The neighbours would have answered their door first!
26. Scream (1997)
The Horror Character: Sidney Prescott, primary target of the Ghostface killer during the Woodsboro murders.
The Bad Luck: Not only has she had to endure the rape and murder of her mother, but poor old Sidney has been targeted by various killers throughout four whole movies, with many of her loved ones buying it in the process. Enough already!
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot:
She'd have moved away from Woodsboro immediately after her mother's death, and resisted the inexplicable urge to return!
25. Drag Me To Hell (2009)
The Horror Character: Christine Brown, a bank loan officer who turns down an old woman's extension on a mortgage payment.
The Bad Luck: Her decision to toe the bank's party line in order to impress her boss results in three days of torture for Christine, before finally being, er, dragged to hell. Doesn't really seem fair, does it?
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: The old dear would simply have been depositing twenty quid in coppers. A pain, sure, but better than the alternative.
24. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
The Horror Character: David Kessler, an American tourist backpacking his way across the green and pleasant land of England.
The Bad Luck: If embarking upon a rural English holiday you can bank on freezing temperatures, driving rain and the odd randy bull or two. What you can't legislate for is a sudden werewolf attack. That's just bad luck.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: He'd have run into an over-exuberant sheepdog at the very worst.
23. Eden Lake (2008)
The Horror Character: Jenny, a nursery teacher who heads off to the countryside for a weekend away with her boyfriend Steve.
The Bad Luck: Unlucky enough to run into a bunch of murderous teenagers who torture both her and her boyfriend (who they go on to kill), Jenny is shit out of luck even when she escapes – the house in which she seeks help just happens to be where the gang leader lives!
.If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: She'd have made the executive decision to take Steve for a weekend abroad. Britain is broken, after all.
22. Child's Play (1988)
The Horror Character: Andy Barclay, a six-year-old boy who longs for only one thing: a talking "Good Guy" doll.
The Bad Luck: As if it isn't bad enough that his doll is possessed by the soul of a deceased serial killer, Andy is forced to take the rap for several of Chuckie's crimes, landing him in a psychiatric ward. He's only six, for heaven's sake!
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: His mum would have bought him an Action Man instead.
21. Mulberry Street (2006)
The Horror Characters: The six survivors of the Manhattan-based plague that turns humans into bloodthirsty rat-like creatures.
The Bad Luck: Our heroes decide the time is right to slaughter their nearest and dearest, all of whom have been transformed into said creatures. Moments later, they discover that everyone will return to normal on the arrival of sunrise. Oh.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: They'd have been privy to that information before summarily executing their respective family members.
20. Hostel 2 (2007)
The Horror Character: Whitney, the "tough" one of the trio of girls who find themselves in a spot of bother at a remote Slovakian health spa…
The Bad Luck: Obviously, picking that particular spa was fairly unfortunate, but even allowing for that, Whitney gets a pretty raw deal, having to sit bound to a chair with her skull partially sawed apart before finally getting decapitated. Rubbish.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: The girls would have camped instead.
19. Final Destination (2000)
The Horror Character: Valerie Lewton, a high-school teacher who managed to cheat death by avoiding the plane crash foreseen at the beginning of the film.
The Bad Luck: She suffers the most convoluted bait-and-switch routine in the entire film, her ice-cold vodka cracking a warm glass and spilling into a computer monitor, causing it to explode and embed a sliver of screen into her neck. Stumbling into the kitchen, she's floored by a small gas explosion, before a desperate grab for a towel drags a kitchen knife off the surface and into her chest. And then her house explodes.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: She'd have died on that plane. It would have been a lot less traumatic!
18. Hellraiser (1987)
The Horror Character: Frank Cotton, a petty criminal who buys an antique puzzle box from a mysterious dealer, with terrible consequences…
The Bad Luck: Not only was Frank unlucky enough to inadvertently open a portal to a nightmarish nether world, he also suffers one of the most painful deaths on this list, as the flesh is pulled from his body by numerous metal hooks.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: He'd have come away from the dealer with a jigsaw with a few pieces missing rather than the puzzle box that drags him to hell.
17. Wolf Creek (2005)
The Horror Characters: Liz Hunter and Kristy Earl, a pair of backpackers unlucky enough to get themselves lost in the middle of the Outback…
The Bad Luck: Not only do they get themselves lost, they also get themselves found by local nutjob Mick Taylor. That said, they don't help themselves by not escaping when they have the chance. If you think the killer might not be dead, he's definitely alive.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: They might have had the presence of mind to drive the hell away, rather than attempting a convoluted plan in which they fake their own deaths and go back to Taylor's camp!
16. The Last Man On Earth (1964)
The Horror Character: Dr. Robert Morgan, the last man on an Earth that has fallen pray to a deadly vampiric plague.
The Bad Luck: Robert is briefly cheered by the discovery of a dog, a faithful companion with whom he can spend the rest of his days. However, within seconds the dog reveals itself to be infected, and Morgan is forced to kill it. Aargh!
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: He'd have discovered a friendly helper monkey who could assist him in his battle with the infected.
15. Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
The Horror Character: Resident douchebag Andy, who can't help but spend the majority of his screen time dicking about in extremely aggravating fashion.
The Bad Luck: He might be a bit of a tit, but nobody deserves to die via a machete to the groin! Awful, awful way to go…
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: He'd have appeared in an earlier film and got the simple blade through the throat routine. Much nicer.
14. Halloween (1978)
The Horror Character: Mild-mannered babysitter Laurie Strode, who finds herself being terrorised by seemingly unstoppable killer, Michael Myers.
The Bad Luck: Myers ends up stalking Strode through three films in total, killing off most of her friends and family as he does so. Oh and he kills her too, just to cap it all off. That's what happens when you're brother is a murderous loon…
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: She'd have just stabbed him when she had the chance, resisting the urge to double-check she's got the right man.
13. Carrie (1976)
The Horror Character: Carrie White, a teenage girl enduring one of the more difficult phases of growing up, with a few extra issues thrown in for good measure.
The Bad Luck: Not only does she have to put up with playground bullies and a fundamentalist wack-job of a mother, she's also got a set of burgeoning telekinetic powers to keep under control. It's just not fair!
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: It probably would have gone flying out of her hand within minutes.
12. Saw 3 (2006)
The Horror Character: Lynn, a likeable doctor kidnapped by Jigsaw, whose only real shortcoming is a slight tendency to take her family for granted.
The Bad Luck: She is the unwitting pawn in a pair of tests set by Jigsaw for her husband Jeff and his disciple Amanda. Both of them fail and she ends up with her head blown off.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: Her husband might have been able to control his rage, sparing her a final scene death.
11. Aliens (1986)
The Horror Character: Yes, we know Aliens is possibly stretching the definition of a horror movie. but Private Hudson is certainly unlucky, as he keeps telling anyone who'll listen…
The Bad Luck: He puts it best himself: "Aww man," he complains. "I was getting short, too! Four more weeks and out. Now I'm gonna buy it on this rock." And so he does.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: The crew would have found a happy band of colonists, with nary a Xenomorph in sight. Wouldn't have made for much of a movie, though…
10. The Crazies (2010)
The Horror Characters: David and Judy Dutten, the local sheriff and his wife, inhabitants of the cursed township of Ogden Marsh.
The Bad Luck: Having battled their way out of Ogden Marsh (making them the only two survivors to do so), David and Judy make their way to the next town over, unaware that the military is planning for the exact same nightmare to unfold there.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: They'd have been out of town when all the mayhem kicked off.
9. Who Can Kill A Child? (1976)
The Horror Character: Tom and Evelyn, a pair of English holidaymakers taking one last holiday before Evelyn gives birth.
The Bad Luck: Turns out the island they pitch up at is populated by a swarm of killer kids! This wasn't in the brochure...
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: They'd have arrived in Marbella, where the worst they'd have had to deal with would have been a few England shirts and an abundance of bars called, "The Red Lion".
8. The Incredible Melting Man (1977)
The Horror Character: Steve West, an astronaut charged with the distinct honour of becoming the first man to set foot on Saturn.
The Bad Luck: Sadly for Steve, he gets blasted by some sort of radiation from the planet's rings, turning him into a blob of melting flesh. Who could've seen that coming?
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: He'd have died reentering the atmosphere, marking him down as a hero in death, rather than a hideous and feared monster.
7. Evil Dead 2 (1987)
The Horror Character: Ash Williams, housewares department.
The Bad Luck: Poor old Ash is forced to decapitate his girlfriend, sever his own hand and fight off all manner of demonic beasties, and for what? The grand prize of being dumped back in the middle ages. Where there are even more Deadites!
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: He'd have taken a wrong turning and settled for a night in a Premiere Inn.
6. The Descent (2005)
The Horror Character: Sarah, a keen adventure sports fanatic with a penchant for adventure weekends with the girls.
The Bad Luck: Not only does Sarah see her husband and daughter killed in a horrific car accident, but the weekend away she takes one year on (in part to help take her mind of things) ends up with her and all her friends being set upon by cave-dwelling mutants. Then, just when she thinks she's escaped, she realises she's dreaming, and hasn't at all. Bummer.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: She'd have discovered a money-spinning batch of unharvested diamonds, rather than a family of rabid freaks!
5. 28 Days Later (2002)
The Horror Character: Frank, one of the survivors encountered by Jim as he flees a crowd of the infected in a London council estate.
The Bad Luck: Frank just happens to be looking upwards as a single drop of infected blood falls from above, landing directly in his eye. Anywhere else and he'd probably have been fine.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: He'd have got it in his hair, on his nose, on his cheek… anywhere but his eye!
4. The Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The Horror Character: Ben, a survivor of the sudden zombie apocalypse sweeping America in George Romero's horror classic.
The Bad Luck: Having held off a swarm of zombies from his cellar-based refuge, he finally emerges into the sunlight just a posse of rednecks are passing. Not stopping to check whether he's a zombie or not, they put one in his head without a second glance.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: He'd have been fighting zombies somewhere on the east coast rather than in the deep south…
3. Alien (1979)
The Horror Character: Ellen Ripley, warrant officer aboard the good ship Nostromo.
The Bad Luck: Ripley finds herself embroiled with the Xenomorph menace not once, not twice but three times, eventually having to give her life to fighting the chest-bursting beasties.
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: The Nostromo would have sailed straight past LV-426, allowing her to lead a quiet life.
2. The Mist (2007)
The Horror Character: David Drayton, a local artist who finds himself caught in the middle of an otherworldly event when he and his son take a trip to the local supermarket.
The Bad Luck: Having decided he and his fellow survivors can travel no further without becoming monster-food, Drayton takes the awful decision to put a bullet in the heads of his friends and son… only for the military to turn up a minute later. Urgh…
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: He'd have had just a tiny bit more gas in the tank.
1. The Fly (1986)
The Horror Character: Seth Brundle, the brilliant creator of a set of teleportation machines known as Telepods.
The Bad Luck: Drunkenly taking the decision to teleport himself, Brundle fails to notice that a common housefly has buzzed its way into the pod alongside him. Trouble duly ensues…
If They'd Been Carrying A Rabbit's Foot: He could have at least found himself in there with something cooler than a fly. A lizard maybe? Or a bird?
Jason Voorhees thanks you for your time!
Lee Pace as Garrett
Casey LaBow as Kate
Mia Maestro as Carmen
Christian Camargo as Eleazar
Maggie Grace as Irina
MyAnna Buring and Tanya
Tracey Heggins as Senna
Judith Shekoni as Zafrina
Noel Fisher as Vladimir
Guri Weinberg as Stefan
Angela Sarafyan as Tia
Rami Malek as Benjamin
Omar Metwally as Amun
Andrea Gabriel as Kebi
Patrick Brennan as Liam
Marlane Barnes as Maggie
Lisa Howard as Siobhan
year after year after year... more ugly promos and even more ugly promos... why this studio hates their actors so much?
TVGuide.com caught up with Once bosses Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis to get the scoop on the big family reunion between Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin), Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) and their daughter Emma (Jennifer Morrison) now that they've regained their memories. Plus: The producers reveal Regina's secret origin story that was hiding in plain sight all along.
Magic is coming to Storybrooke. Is next season about the battle for the most magic, especially between the Evil Queen and Rumpelstiltskin?
Edward Kitsis: [It's about] why you need it. So, I look at magic more of a currency than an object to fight over. It's why do you need money? Do you need money to buy a house? Do you need money to get something you want? I would say that magic, in a lot of ways, comes with a price. Why do you need and what price are you willing to pay for it?
Adam Horowitz: Also, that was one of the themes of Season 1, which is magic has a price. In Season 2, it is, what does that price mean in our world?
Because magic has a price, does this mean everyone is in danger now?
Kitsis: When you see the fairy-tale flashbacks, there is magic but there are people who don't use it. ... Not everyone is a practitioner of it, but everyone is used to living in it. But if I have just woken up after a 28-year sleep and I realize that magic's back, I would also start to worry. "Oh no, is the queen and Rumpel going to start doing it again? Are we going to be in the middle? What scores still need to be settled?"
Will we be surprised by certain people who are able to wield magic, like maybe Emma?
Kitsis: That's an excellent question. I would respond with a question. The question is: Can anyone learn magic or does it have to be something inside you?
Interesting. The curse was lifted in the finale and everyone remembered who they were from the fairy tales. How does the show go on in Season 2?
Horowitz: That was the goal. When we conceived the show and when we were lucky enough to get picked up to series, we knew internally we never wanted this to the "breaking the curse" show because we felt like if we did, that we ran the risk of really frustrating the audience. We have a lot of ideas for places we want to take the show, things we want to do with the characters and the mythology of the show. But we felt like breaking the curse at the end of Season 1 should hopefully send a message to whoever's watching to say that the show's not just about that. It's about something else.
Kitsis: Enjoy the ride.
If Season 1 was about getting to the point of breaking the curse, Season 2 is...
Kitsis: I think that Season 2 is a lot about discovery. The curse breaks and everyone can remember what they lost and what they had and who they are. For some people, it might be a second chance. We'll see who repeats the same mistakes.
Is there a reason that when the curse broke, they weren't all transported back to fairy-tale land?
Horowitz: That question is one that is posed very early in Season 2. That is something that we want the audience to be asking.
Kitsis: The question is: Is there even anything to go back to? How do we know anything exists?
Horowitz: All we saw at the end of the pilot was this horrible curse wreaking havoc and then they woke up in Storybrooke. So, what happened? Is there anything left there?
Kitsis: Right. The person who designed the curse, maybe he never wanted to go back anyway.
How soon will Season 2 pick up?
Kitsis: I would be so f---ing pissed off at us if we picked up and it was three months later and Charming was mowing the lawn and Snow was coming home with Whole Foods and Emma was like, "Mom and Dad!" ... We are going to open up exactly where everyone wants it to open up. I think that there were a lot of loose threads last season — you know, a lot of those mysteries of like, what happens to August (Eion Bailey)? They will come. I would say be patient because it's all coming.
How will Emma and Snow's relationship be different now that they know they're mother and daughter?
Kitsis: Well, what's interesting is that Emma has always been the person that Mary Margaret went to. Emma was somebody who has walls up and two people got through to her last year, Henry and Mary Margaret. Mary Margaret truly is probably the only friend she's ever had. But if you notice, Emma is usually giving Mary Margaret advice. Mary Margaret very rarely gives Emma advice. So now, finding out that your mom is Snow White, after searching your entire life, and that she's actually quite a bad ass and she's not the meek, little teacher that you thought she was, that's like you're meeting a whole new person. I think that those complications are going to be a lot about the beginning of Season 2. But we're really, really excited because that relationship really develops in a fun way.
Speaking of family, when Barbara Hershey was cast, there was an option for her to return in Season 2. Will we see her return? Especially considering magic is abound and she's more powerful than her daughter... or is she?
Kitsis: I mean, to not have Barbara Hershey come back would be such a travesty of Season 2. That is exactly the question. In the episode "Stable Boy," she talked about how she was the miller's daughter and she had to do a lot to keep Regina. If I remember correctly, the miller's daughter was given to a prince because she could spin straw into gold. Therefore, she owed Rumpelstiltskin a baby. The question is, is that baby Regina? ... When you get that Regina is the baby that's promised to Rumpel, then you're like, what did Cora do to get out of a deal with a man who usually kills people?
Horowitz: Right. So there's the connection between Cora, Rumpel, and Regina that we're quite excited to explore. It was meant to be subtle.
Kitsis: Everyone was like, why does the queen hate Snow? We were able to hide that. Now we're like, everyone go back and look!
Come September, Suri Cruise will attend an all-girls school in New York City, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Katie Holmes, 33, has reportedly enrolled her daughter, 6, in Manhattan's prestigious Convent of the Sacred Heart. The school's notable alumnae list includes Lady Gaga, 26, Jordana Brewster, 32, Paris Hilton, 31, Caroline Kennedy, 54, and the late Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt.
When classes begin, the previously homeschooled Suri will be required to attend Catholic mass every Thursday. Tuition at Convent of the Sacred Heart costs $38,000 a year.
Holmes and her daughter are currently living in a $12,500-a-month apartment in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood. In a previously released statement, Holmes and Tom Cruise, 50, vowed that they "are committed to working together as parents to accomplishing what is in our daughter Suri's best interests." The Romantics actress received primary custody of Suri, though Cruise has been granted visitation rights.
Tommy Lee recently drew some heat from the Internet when he wrote a Facebook post asking fans to stop requesting pictures every time he walks outside. But it turns out the drumming legend has a pretty good reason to be irritated with photo-hungry fans: One of them asked for a picture while he was carrying his recently deceased mother's ashes. Wow.
I was speaking with Lee about Mötley Crüe's upcoming tour with KISS earlier today, when he told me the absolutely surreal, disgusting story about fame-fetish gone too far.
Lee started off the story with a warning, asking me, "Are you ready for this? This is going to f**king freak you out." Then he dove in: "My mother passed away recently," Lee explains. "I was picking up her ashes to take them home with me to do a service for my mother. And so I'm at the mortuary, I've got my mom's ashes in my right hand, and my girlfriend, I'm holding her hand with my left hand, and we're walking out. And the f**king lady, the receptionist, goes, 'Oh my god, can I take a picture with you?' And I looked and her and went [takes a deep breath], 'I'm sorry, but I'd rather not.'"
And if that wasn't classless enough, the receptionist went further.
"Then she was like, 'Are you sure?' And I couldn't even believe it—she asked me if I was sure. I'm f**king standing there with my mom's ashes and it's not the f**king happiest day on the planet for me. I couldn't believe it. I go, 'Okay, that's officially the most f**ked up thing that has ever happened to me.' I called the manager and said, 'You're not going to believe what just happened. I don't expect you to fire her or anything like that, but that was the most disrespectful bullsh*t I've ever experienced in my life.'
"I sat in the car, and I'm shaking, and my girlfriend goes, 'I'm so sorry honey,' and I was speechless. I didn't even know what to say. I couldn't believe a human being just did that."
So clearly the moral of the story is, "Don't be absolutely selfish and insane by pushing grieving people for photographs." But the sub-moral of the story is, "When stars complain about being hassled by fans too much, know that they probably have a few reasons to be wary."
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It took until 1984 for synchronized swimming to earn a place as an Olympic sport, almost 100 years after the modern games began. Triathlon was only recognized in the Olympics in 2000, and BMX racing was another new addition in 2008.
All serious and well-known sports, but each took years to become mainstream in enough countries to be considered for the Olympic Games.
Is quidditch the next synchronized swimming? You may know it as the magical broom-riding sport from the fanciful "Harry Potter" books, but to the real-life athletes who play, it's a serious game — and one they hope to compete in someday during the Olympics.
"It's not just a 'Harry Potter' fan thing, which a lot of people stereotype it as at first glance," Alex Benepe, commissioner of the International Quidditch Association, told Metro.
Benepe, who started playing quidditch as a Middlebury College student, has watched the game evolve from a intramural past time to an international phenomenon with an official rule book and a World Cup. Players carry brooms between their legs as they run across the field in search of the quaffle (a volleyball) and the snitch (a ball tucked into a sock in the waistband of the 'snitch runner').
Ironically, the U.S. dominates the world in quidditch, despite the game's distinctly British "Harry Potter" roots.
"There is something about the American college culture that was just a natural birthplace for the real-life version of the game," Benepe explained.
The U.S. has the largest quidditch league, with 600 teams. About 100 other teams come from countries including the U.K., France, Australia and Canada. Though the IQA has yet to take steps to become an official Olympic sport, Benepe said the potential for growth is there as quidditch spreads to other continents.
"We’d need a lot more countries to have a very developed level of the game," Benepe said. "I think South America will be the next continent to really start forming teams."
The sport did have a breakthrough moment recently, when quidditch players participated in an exhibition match as the Olympic torch passed through Oxford, England. It was an important step for the game as the athletes who have made it their lives hope to see it recognized on the world's stage and embraced by everyone — not just "Harry Potter" fans.
"The one message I would give to people — don’t judge it just when you first hear it," Benepe said. "It's an awesome game and it's evolved into a series sport. I'd encourage everyone to give it a try."
Comic-Con 2012 weekend is flying by! As we move onto day three, festival attendees will be able to get the latest scoop on "The Vampire Diaries," "True Blood," "Glee," "Person of Interest" and more.
We have the scoop on when and where your favorite TV show will host their panels, along with what the participants will be discussing! Keep checking back throughout the weekend for all the latest TV gossip and new from Comic-Con 2012!
Saturday, July 14 Panels
"Warehouse 13" (USA), 10:00 a.m. - Ballroom 20: Eddie McClintock (Pete), Joanne Kelly (Myka), Saul Rubinek (Artie), Allison Scagliotti (Claudia) and executive producer Jack Kenny
Looking for some top-secret information on America's top-secret, artifact-finding agents? The "Warehouse 13" panel promises an inside look at the latest season of the SyFy channel's hit show.
"Once Upon a Time" (ABC), 11:00 a.m. - Ballroom 20: Josh Dallas (David/Prince Charming), Emilie de Ravin (Belle), Ginnifer Goodwin (Mary Margaret/ Snow White), Jennifer Morrison (Emma), Lana Parrilla (Regina/ Evil Queen), Meghan Ory (Ruby/ Red Riding Hood) and co-creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz
Hear about the magic of season two at the "Once Upon a Time" panel, along with scoop about the two latest full-time cast members, Emilie de Ravin and Meghan Ory.
"Futurama" (Comedy Central), 12:00 p.m. - Ballroom 20: Cast and creative team
You won't want to miss this panel. The Emmy-award-winning show will air clips from the premiere of the all new season. Expect to see Matt Groening, as well as the actors that voice Fry, Bender, Leela, and Kif Kroker.
"The Simpsons" (Fox), 12:45 p.m. - Ballroom 20 Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, producer Mike Anderson and Yeardley Smith (Lisa)
"The Simpsons" are entering their 24th season, and those at their panel will be able to catch a "lengthy look" at the 2012 "Treehouse of Horror" episode, as well as a peek at the theatrical short "The Longest Daycare."
"Family Guy" (Fox), 1:45 p.m. - Ballroom 20: Seth MacFarlane (Peter), Alex Bornstein (Louis), Mila Kunis (Meg), Seth Green (Chris) and showrunners Mark Hentemann and Steve Callaghan
Besides a guaranteed entertaining Q&A, attendees will see some clips from the upcoming season. Maybe Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands will be in the mix?
"Alphas" (Syfy), 2:00 p.m. - Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bay front: Cast
Syfy's drama "Alphas" will be discussing their new season.
"American Dad" (Fox), 2:30 p.m. - Ballroom 20: Seth MacFarlane (Stan), Wendy Schaal (Francine), Scott Grimes (Steve), Rachael MacFarlane (Hayley), Dee Bradley Baker (Klaus), Mike Barker (Terry) and Matt Weitzman
You won't want to miss the "American Dad" panel for clips from their upcoming season, as well as a hilarious Q&A session.
"Grimm" (NBC), 3:00 p.m. - Room 6A: David Giuntoli (Nick), Russell Hornsby (Hank), Silas Weir Mitchell (Eddie), Bitsie Tulloch (Juliette), Sasha Roiz (Captain Sean Renard), Reggie Lee (Sgt. Wu), Bree Turner (Rosalee) and executive producers Jim Kouf, David Greenwalt, Norberto Barba, Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner
"Grimm" promises to give attendees a first glimpse of season two, as well as in depth Q&A session with cast and producers.
"Being Human" (Syfy), 3:00 p.m. - Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bay front: Sam Witwer (Aidan), Meaghan Rath (Sally), Sam Huntington (Josh) and executive producer Anna Fricke
If you're dying to find out what's in store for the SyFy series third season then you won't want to miss "Being Human's" panel.
"The Vampire Diaries" (The CW), 3:30 p.m. - Ballroom 20: Nina Dobrev (Elena), Paul Wesley (Stefan), Ian Somerhalder (Damon), executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, and supporting cast
The CW's number one series "The Vampire Diaries" is breaking out all the stops for fans at their panel. Expect a video screening as well as a Q&A on the twists and love triangles in Mystic Falls. Maybe the panel will even discuss the casting of new character, Connor.
"The Following" (Fox), 4:00 p.m. - Room 6BCF: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy and executive producers Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega
This is a new show that "Vampires Diaries" fans can definitely get behind. From "Vampire Diaries" executive producers Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega comes "The Following," a drama about the FBI and "an ever-growing web of murder." You won't want to miss an exclusive screening of the pilot.
"Shameless" (Showtime), 4:00 p.m. - Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bay front: William H. Macy (Frank), Emmy Rossum (Fiona), Justin Chatwin (Steve), Jeremy Allen White (Lip), executive producer John Wells and supporting cast
Ever wonder how they capture their "most shameless moments?" Check out the panel, plus find out the top five-fan favorite moments from season two.
"True Blood" (HBO), 4:30 p.m. - Ballroom 20: Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette), Ryan Kwanten (Jason), Joe Manganiello (Alcide), Christopher Meloni (Roman), Stephen Moyer (Bill), Anna Paquin (Sookie), Alexander Skarsgård (Eric), Sam Trammell (Sam), Rutina Wesley (Tara), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica) and creator Alan Ball
The fifth season of "True Blood" kicked off with everyone's fangs out when it premiered in June. Find out the answers to some of your biggest season five questions during the panel Q&A discussion.
"Glee" (Fox), 5:00 p.m. - Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bay front: Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Kevin McHale (Artie), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Naya Rivera (Santana) and Brad Falchuk
Need to discuss the emotional and shocking conclusion from the season finale of "Glee?" This panel is just for you then. Get the scoop on how everything will change for the McKinley High students and graduates.
"Person of Interest" (CBS), 5:15 p.m. - Room 6BCF: Jim Caviezel (John), Michael Emerson (Harold), Taraji P. Henson (Detective Joss Carter), Kevin Chapman (Detective Lionel Fusco) and executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman
Get a sneak peek of season two, along with a Q&A discussing the highlights of season one.
"Revolution" (NBC), 6:00 p.m. - Room 6BCF: Billy Burke (Miles), Giancarlo Esposito (Captain Neville), Tracy Spiridakos (Charlie), and executive producers Eric Kripke and Jon Favreau
A new series to NBC, "Revolution" follows a family as they struggle to reunite "in a post-apocalyptic American landscape." This post-apocalyptic world also happens to have every piece of technology blacked out (cars, planes, phones, lights, etc.). Check out a special screening and Q&A with the actors.
"Lost Girl" (Syfy), 8:15 p.m. - Room 6BCF: Anna Silk (Bo), Kris Holden-Ried (Dyson), Ksenia Solo (Kenzi) and executive producers Jay Firestone and Emily Andras
The "Lost Girl" panel will answer fan questions, as well as discuss the behind-the-scenes action.
Excited for Grimm and Revolution (I like the concept, ok?...even if the execution looks like it's going to suck). Glee can GTFO.
Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9 was an amazing feature film debut, and whatever he chose to do next would demand the attention of all the fans he amassed in 2009, myself included. His new film, Elysium, had been cloaked in mystery until a synopsis recently appeared online. I was even more intrigued after reading the synopsis, and Elysium was easily one of my most-anticipated movies of Comic-Con 2012. And the presentation didn’t disappoint.
Hit the jump to check out the recap, and click here for all of our Comic-Con coverage.
The moderator brings out Blomkamp, who notes “Comic-Con was good to me.” He went on to say that he feels like he should be among the fans, and that there’s an element of salesmanship that makes him feel a bit distant, but Comic-Con feels genuine because it’s a direct connection to the fans. He then says that we’re goin to see seven minutes of rough footage.
Before I get into the footage, here’s the film’s synopsis:
In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government ofﬁcial, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.
Plot-wise, here are some important additional notes to the plot:
- People on Elysium never get sick because they have machines that can cure diseases. One shot shows a woman getting into a machine that instantly cures her cancer just by scanning her over.
- The corner Max is backed into is when he gets trapped in a radiation vault at his job. He’s hit with radiation poisoning and given pills to manage the symptoms, but he’ll still die in five days. The only way to save his life is to get to Elysium.
- His ticket to Elysium is to join a heist where he and two co-horts plan to download important information directly out of a guy’s brain (the guy is played by the great William Fichtner). Even though Fichtner’s character is on Earth, he’s a citizen of Elysium. Max is basically turned into cyborg in order to be able to extract the information from Fichtner’s character. However, that was incredibly important data so Rhodes sends down an assassin-type character played by Sharlto Copley. ( still Shaking and crying)
Those were the major plot beats, but the driving force is that Max has five days to get off Earth, get to Elysium, save his life, and use the information from Fichtner’s brain to save the people on our planet.
Regarding the tone, the easiest way to describe it is “District 9 but bigger.” The movie has two distinct locations: the dusty ruins of Earth (which were shot in Mexico City) and the high-tech Elysium (which we didn’t really see because it’s so special-effects heavy). There are a bunch of elements that are in the vein of District 9 such as:
- Social disparity, in this case relating to wealth.
- Dirty environments; the ruined Earth bears a striking resemblance to the dirty Johannesburg from District 9
- Bloody destruction; if you loved how the weapons in District 9 obliterated people, Elysium is going to follow suit. One goodie we saw was when some guy gets hit with a ninja shuriken in the chest, and some other guy says “That’s not so bad,” and then the guy who was hit with the shuriken explodes.
But for all the great visuals (Blomkamp has once again taken his budget and made it look like far more than he had, and this was without even seeing a ton of special effects), what hooked me from the footage was that I cared about Max. Yeah, it’s awesome to see that Copley’s assassin wields a katana and uses a forcefield. But the hook came when Max, who’s bald, gets harassed by a couple of police droids who ask him what’s in his bags. “Hair products,” he responds.
Then they knock him to the ground and force him to visit his parole officer. And his parole officer is a robot. The bureaucracy is literally robotic. Blomkamp doesn’t handle this moment in a heavy-handed, preach way. It’s fun satire because immediately after seeing the robot bureaucrat, the robot says to Max, “You seem stressed. Would you like a sedative?” and then a tiny dish of pills pops up from the desk.
After the footage, the moderator then brings on producer Simon Kinberg and stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and Sharlto Copley.
- The origin of the story was the idea of that the wealth had left Earth and been brought to a spaceship.
- Damon was drawn to the project because of Blomkamp. “It was a very easy decision for me,” says Damon because he was so impressed by District 9. But beyond that, Blomkamp showed Damon a graphic novel he had done that was on Blomkamp’s computer. And then there was a book about the weaponry and another about the vehicles. “Normally, we don’t get to see the movie before we’re in it,” but Damon says there was so much information here, and there was no way he was going to let this project get away.
- Foster thought District 9 was a perfect film and she wished she had directed it. But she wanted to work with Blomkamp, she got the script, and she was in. She liked how he was able to marry big ideas with big action.
- Blomkamp says the theme is obviously about wealth disparity, but it needed to take place inside interesting environment. It became a science fiction place he wanted to see the story and characters evolve inside of. “But layered on top of that is a ton of explosions.”
- Copley was attracted because he gets to play a fun, entertaining villain that’s different than what you would expect from him.
- Kinberg also wanted to work with Blomkamp. and liked the blending of social ideas with a bloody sci-fi action film.
- When asked about the hardest roles they ever played, Damon says the hardest thing was trying to get a job at the beginning of his career. It was incredibly frustrating and difficult, but ultimately he got to do what he loved. There hasn’t been a “challenge” ever since he got his foot in the door since his job doesn’t feel like work since he loves it. Foster says she’s always had a very intellectual approach to films. She processes things in her head first, such as Nell, which was a challenge because the character is nothing like her.
- Damon felt like there wasn’t a question Blomkamp couldn’t answer about Elysium. He talks about being unable to stump Blomkamp, and how he could explain stuff like why the space station was shaped the way it was.
- Copley says the transformation from anonymity to stardom has caused him to move around a lot. He’s currently trying to figure out how to play Angelina Jolie‘s true love (in Maleficent). He says he feels blessed to have this opportunity, and it was given to him by this audience in Hall H three years ago at the District 9 panel. He adds that it’s incredible to work with actors of this caliber.
- Blomkamp says Foster is on the set with the most green screen, and the stuff with the robots and droids are guys in motion capture suits so there’s something to play off. The danger is when the actor is playing off a non-human creature and is acting against a tennis ball on a stick.
- Foster said Blomkamp prepares and has great discipline and passion which allows him to make what looks like a $250 million movie even though it was made for less money than that.
- Blomkamp’s approach to Elysium was similar to District 9. “It’s an equally scaled up version. You’re trying to push the budget far beyond what the budget can sustain.” The pressure on the crew remained at a high level. Blomkamp went on to say they wanted to get more reality so they went to Mexico City rather than try to dress up Vancouver. He said how some crew members thought Vancouver was tough, and Blomkamp knew that they were going to go to Mexico City, and thought “You guys have no idea what you have in store.”
- When they were in Mexico City, they shot at a sewage plant and the world’s second largest landfill. So when the helicopter comes by and sweeps up dust, a large amount of that dust is fecal matter. Matt Damon said after a scene like that, Blomkamp would come over, take off his respirator and say “I promise you: The footage looks terrific.”
- In another part of the film, Max had to hide under a pig cart. But then for the more extreme shots, they put Damon’s stunt double under the pig cart, but because the helicopters overheard had so riled up the pigs, they ended up pissing all over Damon’s poor stunt double. (that poor stunt double D: )
- For Damon, he says that when it comes to acting, he tries to work out all the little details before hand and then he can play with the character after he arrives on set.
Judging by the footage, Elysium has the goods where it counts. The action looks terrific (and we saw a lot of action), but more importantly it has a compelling protagonist, serious stakes, and thoughtful subtext. Blomkamp appears to once again have blended great sci-fi with a kick-ass action flick. I was already excited about Elysium, but it’s easily now one of my most-anticipated films of next year.
This made me love the movie a whole lot more now especially that Sharlto is a katana wielding assassin, why isn't it March 2013 yet?
Hilary Duff is all smiles as she strolls out and about with her adorable baby boy Luca on Thursday (July 12) in New York City.
The 24-year-old actress and her little guy were joined by hubby and dad Mike Comrie!
New Photoshoot picture for Nikon's Small Moments
She's so beautiful! need her to get back to work soon though.
Firefly, Game of Thrones, Looper, Community, Bones, Elysium, The Legend of Korra, and more casts strike a pose for us in our San Diego photo studio!
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